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Former PM’s grandson, three other SP MLCs join BJP in UP

The four MLCs are from local bodies and their term is expiring in March next year.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
Updated: November 18, 2021 6:08:20 am
Four MLCs of Samajwadi Party join BJP ahead of 2022 UP Assembly polls. (Photo Credit:ANI)

Months ahead of the Assembly elections, four MLCs of the Opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday joined the ruling BJP in Lucknow in presence of its state unit president Swatantra Dev Singh and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma.

“The four sitting SP MLCs (Members of Legislative Council) who have joined the BJP are Ravi Shankar Singh alias Pappu Bhaiyya from Ballia, Narendra Singh Bhati from Noida, CP Chand from Gorakhpur, and Rama Niranjan from Jhansi,” BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said.

The four MLCs are from local bodies and their term is expiring in March next year.

Welcoming the four MLCs, state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh said, “These leaders have considerable influence in their respective areas. Their support will strengthen the BJP in 2022 Assembly elections.”

“Since four SP leaders have joined the BJP, (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav will not be able to sleep tonight,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Ravi Shankar Singh said he wanted to join the BJP ever since Neeraj Shekhar, the son of former prime minister Chandra Shekhar, resigned from the Samajwadi Party in July 2019 and joined the BJP. Ravi Shankar Singh is the grandson of Chandra Shekhar.

“One of the reasons for joining the party was that Neeraj Shekhar was denied ticket by the SP after which he joined the BJP. I had the intention of joining the BJP almost one-and-half years ago when Neeraj had quit. Another reason is that I am influenced by (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” Ravi Shankar Singh said.

Narendra Bhati, who also joined the BJP, had landed in a controversy in August 2013 after a video purportedly showed him as claiming that he got IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had clamped down on the mining mafia, transferred in 41 minutes.

According to the website of the 100-member Legislative Council, the SP has 48 MLCs followed by the BJP with 36 MLCs, and the Bahujan Samaj Party with six MLCs. The Congress, Apna Dal (Sonelal), NISHAD Party have one MLC each, the Teachers’ group, Independent group (Nirdal Samooh) and Independents have two MLCs each, while one seat is vacant.

With PTI Inputs

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